C. J. Watson
|Born||April 17, 1984|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Bishop Gorman|
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2008–2010||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Watson played college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers for four seasons. During his freshman season, he earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors. His best season came during his senior year in 2005–06, where he and fellow All-American Chris Lofton led the Volunteers to a 22–8 record and a 12–4 record in SEC play. He averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds, and earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches. He finished his collegiate career as Tennessee's second all-time leader in assists (577), second in steals (198), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.396), tied for eighth in three-point field goals (401), and 15th in scoring (1,424 points).
European career (2006–2007)
Despite an excellent college career, Watson went undrafted in 2006 NBA draft. He then played briefly with San Antonio Spurs in 2006 NBA summer league before joining Italian Serie A team Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17 games. He then moved on to join Greek A1 Ethniki team PAOK B.C., where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 assists in five games.
D-League career (2007–2008)
Watson returned to the states to revive his NBA career, participated in 2007 NBA summer league with the Spurs and later joined the Charlotte Bobcats' training camp. However, he once again failed to make the roster for the season. On November 1, 2007, he joined NBA D-League and was drafted 5th overall by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals in 38.1 minutes per game for the Vipers before signed by Golden State Warriors on January 8, 2008. At the time of the call-up, Watson was the third-leading scorer in the D-League. He also became the 100th player to be called up by an NBA team in D-League history.
Golden State Warriors (2008–2010)
On January 8, 2008, Golden State Warriors signed Watson to a 10-day contract to be a backup point guard to All-Star Baron Davis. He impressed Warriors coach Don Nelson and subsequently earned a second 10-day contract. After two 10-day contracts, where he appeared in 8 games, averaging 5.4 points and 1.8 assists in 16.6 minutes, Watson was signed for the remainder of the season. On February 17, 2010, Watson scored a career-high 40 points against the Sacramento Kings with 16-of-23 shooting.
Chicago Bulls (2010–2012)
On July 21, 2010, Watson was acquired in a sign and trade deal by the Chicago Bulls. On November 26, 2010, the Bulls' starting point guard Derrick Rose was out with a stiff neck. Watson started against the Denver Nuggets and scored a season-high 33 points in a loss, while also shooting 50% from the field. On December 14, 2011, Watson changed his number from 32 to 7 because of Richard "Rip" Hamilton signing with the Bulls. On April 28, 2012, in the Bulls' first game of that year's playoffs, guard Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. In his absence, Watson started the rest of the Bulls' playoff games. The Bulls lost in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers. Watson averaged 7.3 points on 24% shooting in the series.
Brooklyn Nets (2012–2013)
On July 23, 2012, Watson signed with the Brooklyn Nets. On February 13, 2013, he scored a season-high 25 points in the 119–108 win over the Denver Nuggets. His 25 points were the most he'd scored since November 2010, and his five three-pointers also set a career high. Watson averaged 6.8 points in 80 regular season games for the Nets as a backup point guard to Deron Williams. In the Nets' seven playoff games, he averaged 8.6 points per game.
Indiana Pacers (2013–2015)
On July 10, 2013, Watson signed with the Indiana Pacers. On April 13, 2014, he scored a season-high 20 points in the 102–97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his first season with Indiana, Watson averaged 6.6 points in 63 regular season games as a backup point guard to George Hill. In 18 playoff games, Watson averaged 5.8 points per game.
Orlando Magic (2015–2017)
On July 10, 2017, Watson was waived by the Magic.
Watson majored in psychology at Tennessee and continued working toward his degree every summer after starting his professional basketball career. He completed his coursework in 2012. He has one brother, Kashif, who played college basketball for the University of Idaho, and one sister, Vonyetta.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "C.J. Watson" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 9, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- "NBA Development League: 2007 D-League Draft Board". Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2009.
- WARRIORS: Warriors Sign Guard CJ Watson To 10-Day Contract
- WARRIORS: Warriors Sign C.J. Watson To Second 10-Day Contract
- WARRIORS: Warriors Sign C.J. Watson For Remainder Of Season
- Bulls acquire Watson via sign-and-trade
- "Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose out Friday". November 26, 2010.
- "C.J. Watson Game Log".
- Powers, Scott (April 28, 2012). "Bulls' Derrick Rose tears ACL". espn.com. ESPN.
- "Brooklyn Nets sign guard C.J. Watson". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Notebook: Nets 119, Nuggets 108
- "Pacers Sign Free Agent C.J. Watson". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Notebook: Pacers 102, Thunder 97
- "Magic Sign C.J. Watson". NBA.com. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
- "Mavs set franchise best for 3s but lose to Magic in OT". Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Orlando Magic Waive C.J. Watson". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "C.J. Watson: Signs with Turkish club". CBSSports.com. February 17, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- C.J. Watson earns diploma from Tennessee
- "#32 Kashif Watson". GoVandals.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015.